National Geographic Channel MegaStructures

Season 2 Episode 9

Sea Launch

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2005 on National Geographic
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A satellite delivered by a rocket that is launched from the earth’s equator instead of any other place, can have its lifespan extended for as much as 3 years. This would mean huge savings for the companies that own these satellites. Thus the Sea Launch was constructed. The Sea Launch is made up of 2 megastructures, a floating launch pad called the Odyssey and a shipping vessel called the Commander. The episode gives a brief history of the construction, the successes and the failures of the Sea Launch.moreless
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